Mark My Words: In 2016, Rand Paul Will Be Nothing More Than A Sideshow Like His Dad

rand-paul-I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am of seeing the words “Rand Paul” and “presidential front-runner” in the same sentence.  So he won a CPAC straw poll two years in a row, who cares?

You know who else won the CPAC straw poll two years in a row?  His dad, Ron Paul.  Tell me, how well did he fair every time he ran for president?  If memory serves me, he never stood a chance – ever. 

Rand Paul is an absolute joke.

It’s like I’ve said numerous times before, the only reason why he’s even a United States Senator is because of who his dad is.  Let’s think about that for a second.  How well did that work out for us the last time we had a president whose biggest bullet point on his resume was his dad’s name?

The only reason why Rand Paul is so popular among conservatives now is because he’s the one who’s trying the hardest.  Well, him and Ted Cruz.  But it’s looking more and more like nobody can stand Ted Cruz – even Republicans.

Let’s not forget that in 2012, just about every single Republican candidate was a “front-runner” at some point.  Though I think that has more to do with just how badly Republicans didn’t want Mitt Romney to be their candidate than how much any of the other candidates stood out.

Rand Paul, like Ted Cruz, has been running for president since he became a United States Senator.  So of course he’s a “leading candidate” right now.  While most legitimate contenders are keeping a relatively low profile, at best just making a few public appearances (if they’re not currently active politicians), Paul has been in a perpetual presidential campaign since 2010.

But the fact is, by the time 2016 rolls around, Paul is going to be nothing more than an afterthought.  His dad, who’s much more genuine than he is, couldn’t even manage to be anything more than a symbolic candidate no matter how hard he tried.

So while Rand Paul seems like a big name now, come 2016 – he’ll be nothing more than a sideshow to the real contenders.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Stacey Noel


  • Gary Menten

    Paul already is a sideshow. Karl Rove will pick the GOP nomininny by funneling enough PAC money into his campaign so that he can outspend all the other GOP hopefuls by similar margins as Romney did in 2012. It’s for sure, he will pick someone he thinks is electable, which means NOT PAUL.

  • Matthew Reece

    Rand will have more appeal to mainstream Republicans than Ron did, but he won’t have nearly the support from libertarians or Democrats. I don’t think he gets the nomination, but they might let him speak at the convention. 2016 will probably feature Hillary Clinton against an establishment Republican like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush, with Gary Johnson running again on the Libertarian line and getting 5-7% as mostly a protest candidate.

  • Jaret Glenn

    Just like most of the criticism of Ron Paul in 2012, the author spouts off some opinions, yet doesn’t provide any supporting evidence. Rand Paul will be the nominee, unless the party and the media say so. The elections have very little, if anything at all, to do with the will of the people anymore. If you followed the Democratic Primaries in 2008 (especially as a Hillary supporter) then you’d know exactly what I’m talking about–she was still highly-competitive in the delegate count when the media and party turned on her in favor of Obama and began insisting that she drop out. Ron was doing well in the delegate count (in spite of the flagrant cheating the media willfully ignored) and the media and GOP began ignoring him except to mention that he should drop out. I take your article as a sign that the left is scared of Rand, which you should be. If he can get past the cheating in his own party, he’ll pull a lot of Democrat and the majority of the Independent vote in the general. He’s the REAL populist Obama claimed to be but never was. Change? That’s just a word. He changed nothing.

  • Anita

    Rand is different than his father, He is rather fearless when it comes to getting to the truth of things. I think he is the most honerable person to come along in years & has a very strong belief in the constitution & in doing what is actually the best for the country & the people of the US, Free enterprise, balancing the budget & even a better health plan than the ACA & that needs fixing the most… I strongly hope he will be our next president

    • Kim Serrahn

      “what’s best for the country” Tell me more. And if you like his budget, I hope you have a couple of hundred mil in the bank cause if he and his ilk have their way there will be no SS or medicare, which means a lot of seniors and people with disabilities will no long have a life line.

  • Marian Semic

    There! You happy? Now you can say Jeb Bush and front-runner in the same sentence… Blecht! Or how about Bush vs Clinton 2016… Wow. There’s some progress eh?